Order Addressing Treatment of Yellow Page Revenues
Order Addressing Transition Issues
Order Following Hearings
Order Establishing Cost of Capital
Order Closing Investigation of Impairment and Initiating a New Docket for Investigation and Facilitation of Transition Process
Order Addressing Motions for Rehearing
Adopting CLEC to CLEC Migration Guidelines
Order on Remand from the New Hampshire Supreme Court Regarding the Issue of Access to Dark Fiber at Splice Points
Order Approving Stipulations
Order Regarding Metrics and Plan
Order Addressing Motion for Reconsideration of Order No. 23,847
Order Adopting Allocation of Shared Pooling Costs for the Number Pooling Trial in the 603 Area Code
In this order, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (Commission) denied the recovery of Bell Atlantic's OSS development costs, and approved a $0.21 transaction charge to recover Bell Atlantic's ongoing OSS costs. The Commission also ordered Bell Atlantic to recalculate its recurring and nonrecurring UNE and collocation costs using certain specified inputs and methodologies. Bell Atlantic must use Ben Johnson Associates, Inc's proprietary Telecom Model to calculate loop costs.
Throughout its order, the Commission relied in large part upon the testimony of Staff witness Dr. Ben Johnson, and the results of cost studies developed using the Telecom Model. The Commission concluded that the Telecom Model produced more accurate results than other models, and was more consistent with the "reality test" required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the 8th Circuit's July 18, 2000 opinion in Iowa Utilities Board vs. FCC.
The Commission also issued the following rulings regarding Bell Atlantic's collocation policies:
The Commission further required that Verizon file revised tariffs in compliance with this order within 45 days of its date.
Order Approving Increase in Price for Telecommunications Relay Service
Order Approving Transfer of Customer Base
Order Clarifying Order No. 23,385, Further Defining the Pooling Process, and Prohibiting Additional Thousands Number Block Assignments to Certain Carriers
Order Approving Cost Methodology Application
Local Number Portability/Implementation of §251(b) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
On May 10, 1999, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (Commission) issued Order No. 23,210 Nisi ordering full implementation of permanent local number portability (LNP) by incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers (ILECs and CLECs, respectively) by October 31, 1999. On May 27, 1999, several companies filed an Objection to Order Nisi and Request for Hearing with the Commission. On June 14, the Commission issued Order No. 23,233 temporarily suspending the effective date of the Order NISI No. 23,210 with respect to the above-referenced companies.
These filings raise, inter alia, issues related to the timing of the implementation of LNP and the requirements imposed by the Telecommunications Act and its subsequent implementation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Accordingly, we will not require GST et al and the TDS companies to implement LNP at this time. Based upon the foregoing, it is hereby ORDERED, that Order No. 23,210 is rescinded for the protesting companies, and it is FURTHER ORDERED, that the existing FCC and PUC rules with respect to number portability will continue to apply to these companies, such that, if a competitive provider begins offering service, the competitor may request of the ILEC that it become LNP capable.
Bell Atlantic/Choice One Communications of New Hampshire, Inc. Order Nisi Approving Interconnection Agreement
On June 29, 1999, New England Telephone and Telegraph Company (Bell Atlantic) and Choice One Communications of New Hampshire, Inc. (Choice One) jointly filed with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (Commission) a negotiated Interconnection Agreement (Agreement). The Agreement was filed for approval pursuant to section 252(e) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Tact).
This Agreement is a comprehensive set of terms and conditions that will facilitate the entry of Choice One as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in New Hampshire. The parties agree to jointly engineer, plan and operate a diverse transmission system with which they will interconnect their respective networks.
Based upon the foregoing, it is hereby ORDERED NISI, that the Interconnection Agreement negotiated between Choice One and Bell Atlantic is approved.
Order Nisi Ordering Full Implementation of Permanent Local Number Portability by Incumbent and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers
Order Approving the Request
Order Granting Authority to provide Integrated Services Digital Network - Primary Rate Interface Enhancements and Optional Features
Order Finding Dark Fiber Subject to the Unbundling Requrement of Section 251 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Order NISI Approving Petition to Introduce CallAround 603 Plus as a New Optional Intrastate Toll Calling plan and to Restructure the Existing CallAround 603 Plan
Bell Atlantic Rate Reduction Proposal
On October 31, 1997, New England Telephone and Telegraph Company d/b/a Bell Atlantic-New Hampshire (Bell Atlantic) filed with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (Commission) a proposal to reduce its revenues by $26,120,000. The revenue reduction proposal evolved from discussions with the Commission Staff (Staff) regarding Staff's determination that Bell Atlantic's recent financial performance had put the company in a position of overearning.
Bell Atlantic's proposal includes three components: (1) various rate design adjustments to reduce rates and installation charges and to enhance the existing Call Around 603 Plan; (2) consolidating the 21 existing rate groups into five rate groups while expanding Extended Area Service (EAS) to include all contiguous exchanges as part of each exchange's local calling area (an EAS plan often referred to as Home and Contiguous); and, (3)offering schools and libraries either a new flat-rate business line or a 56kb Frame Relay circuit with no installation or monthly charge until the year 2000. The first and third components of the proposal are proceeding. The second component of the proposal is the subject of this order.
Implementation of IntraLATA Presubscription
The Commission has reviewed Staff's recommendations concerning the cost studies submitted by the LECs. They find the cost studies reflect a reasonable level of anticipated capital expenditures and expenses associated with the implementation of ILP. As presubscription will benefit all intrastate toll customers, cost recovery shall be shared by all intrastate toll carriers, including NYNEX. Having determined presubscription will result in a benefit to all intrastate toll customers, the Commission finds that the cost recovery rates proposed by the local exchange companies are in the public interest.
Resale of Retail Toll Services by Switchless Aggregators
The Commission finds that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is conclusive in resolving the first part of the first issue, namely, whether switchless aggregations of customers (aggregators) can purchase toll services for resale, i.e., switchless aggregators must be permitted to purchase toll services for resale. The second part of the first issue is whether the switchless aggregator must be a public utility. Commission approval will therefore be required of switchless toll aggregators. In addition, Staff is currently preparing for review a simplified and streamlined reseller approval process.
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